July 2019 – Big Dave's Crossword Blog

Toughie 2272

Toughie No 2272 by Musaeus

Hints and tips by Gazza

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment **

I thought that this was rather a strange puzzle – we have four 5-letter words at the centre, each with only one unchecked letter and we have no less than twelve of those 4-letter words usually referred to as ‘pesky’.… Continue reading

DT 29117

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29117

Hints and tips by Stuart Nash

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BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ****

Thanks to Miffypops and the 2Kiwis for swapping days.  This enabled me to attend the funeral of my best mate Pete, who passed away earlier this month just a week short of his 74th birthday.  I had to leave at 6:00 am in order to get to the crematorium in time, and made it just in time for the 9:30 am service.  BD

When solving this I smiled at several of the images suggested formed by consecutive answers. 1ac and 5ac for example. 9 and 11 ac. 22 and 23ac. 16 an 19d. 14and 10d. As usual Jay has come up trumps with a superb puzzle which I thought was a tad harder than those of the previous two days. Continue reading “DT 29117”

Toughie 2271

Toughie No 2271 by Silvanus

Hints and tips by Big Dave

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BD Rating – Difficulty ***Enjoyment ****

There are several features you will always find in a Silvanus puzzle – immaculate cluing, a variety of different clue types and scrupulous attention to detail, to name but three. Together these go to make up a very enjoyable puzzle. Continue reading “Toughie 2271”

DT 29116

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29116

Hints and tips by Mr K

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BD Rating  -  Difficulty ** Enjoyment ***


Hello, everyone, and welcome.  I found this a solid puzzle where the parsing of a couple of the clues required some concentration.  It was good fun.  If our setter is reading the blog today, please consider commenting below.  And if you’re a reader who has never posted, how about making today the day when you delurk and tell us how you found the puzzle?  We all love to meet new commenters, hear their history, and read their thoughts about the puzzle and the blog.

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DT 29115

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29115
Hints and tips by 2Kiwis

BD Rating – Difficulty **Enjoyment ***

Kia ora from Aotearoa.

We’ve had a little blogger shuffle this week so here we are working with a Monday puzzle while Miffypops will be doing our usual Jay puzzle on Wednesday.

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MPP 086 – Review

Monthly Prize Puzzle 086 – Review

July 2019

A Puzzle by Phibs

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Similarly Constructed

Phibs’ instructions read: I intended that the upper part of the grid should use exactly the same mix of letters (same number of A’s, B’s, C’s etc) as the lower part, but as usual something has gone wrong.Continue reading

ST 3014 (Hints)

Sunday Telegraph Cryptic No 3014 (Hints)

Hints and tips by Senf

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A very good Sunday morning from Winnipeg Glenboro, Manitoba, from where I have been exploring the Spirit Sands Desert, in the South-West of the province, which, according to legend, is the home of Niibin my avatar buddy.… Continue reading

DT 29114 (Hints)

Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 29114 (Hints)
The Saturday Crossword Club
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Herzliche Grüße aus der charmanten Stadt Jena in Ostdeutschland!

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I’m here for my annual visit to the University’s excellent language course and also my annual disaster travelling to and from the city.  I thought nothing could top last year’s journey from home but I was wrong.  The chaos at St Pancras meant that I had to completely reroute my journey through Paris.  I had a first-class Interrail pass which meant I could have travelled on most trains, but because I couldn’t have a reservation on a specific train that would have allowed me to arrive at midnight rather than the original 9 pm, I had to ensure a journey that got me to Jena at 10 am with six changes.   Good old Eurostar will be getting a bit of a stern letter about their part in this chaos.

Anyway, to matters in hand.  I am suitably refreshed and ready to deal with today’s task which I think is set by the Original Mysteron.  A pleasant solve.

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